Going to go read the first story now, "The Great Wall of Mexico," by John Sladek.
4:50 p.m. update: Read it (a little annoyed by the background pattern which made it a little hard to read), and it's frankly terrifying that that was first published in 1973. Almost forty years later, and we're still in the same damn place???
From a writerly point of view, it's quite funny, but maybe didn't need to be quite so long to make its point? Hmm...maybe I don't have as much patience for satire as I should. I did love Gulliver's Travels.